University Hospitals Neurology/Neurosurgery Symposium and Neuroscience Nursing Symposium


SEPTEMBER 8 – 9, 2017
Corporate College East
4400 Richmond Road
Warrensville Heights, Ohio 44128







On behalf of University Hospitals, we would like to welcome you to our fall Neurology/Neurosurgery Symposium and our annual Neuroscience Nursing Symposium. In the last two decades, there has been nothing short of a revolution in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological disease. What was almost unimaginable in the past is now common. Sophisticated brain imaging and emergent reperfusion therapy for acute stroke, new quantitative EEG techniques for seizures, deep brain stimulation for movement disorders along with new insights and approaches to dementia, multiple sclerosis, brain tumors, neuromuscular disease and pain syndromes. Truly, in the words of Nobel Laureate Bob Dylan, “the times they are a-changin’.”


The program will consist of didactic lectures followed by question-and-answer sessions and panel discussions. A separate track, focusing on
stroke certification, is provided for nursing.


Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 14 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.
Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

University Hospitals is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (OBN-001-91) (OH-003, 05/01/2020).

To earn the Nursing credits associated with this course, you must attend all sessions.


After attending this program, participants will be able to:

  • Identify evidence-based protocol for status epilepticus 
  • Recognize the causes of autoimmune encephalitis,how to diagnose it and how best to treat it
  • Identify the updated guidelines for intravenous t-PA for acute ischemic stroke, and recognize which patients with acute ischemic stroke would be most likely to benefit from mechanical thrombectomy
  • Describe the appropriate workup for diagnosis of multiple sclerosis and appropriate treatments
  • Describe the appropriate workup for diagnosis of dementia and appropriate treatments for Alzheimer’s dementia 
  • Identify the most common primary and metastatic brain tumors, make a correct diagnosis and determine the most effective treatment
  • Identify the most common movement disorders, make a correct diagnosis and determine the most effective treatment
  • Identify which patients with Parkinson’s disease would be most likely to benefit from deep brain stimulation
  • Describe the appropriate workup to accurately diagnose peripheral neuropathy
  • Identify treatments for Myasthenia gravis
  • Identify treatments for headache
  • Describe the appropriate workup for diagnosis of post-concussion syndrome


This event is designed for physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other health professionals in neurology, neurosurgery, internal medicine, emergency medicine and family medicine. Residents/fellows, students, social workers and therapists may also find this education of value and are welcome to attend.



Friday, September 8, 2017

7:15 a.m. Continental Breakfast and Registration

7:55 a.m. Welcome

8:05 a.m. Joseph M. Foley Lecture
Anthony Furlan, MD
Neurology and Neurosurgery in the 21st Century:
The Times They Are a-Changin’

9 – 10 a.m. Select Track

Neurology/Neurosurgery Symposium
Session 1: Epilepsy
Moderator: Samden Lhatoo, MD

9 a.m. Samden Lhatoo, MD
Management of Difficult-to-Control Epilepsy

9:20 a.m. Shahram Amina, MD
Management of Status Epilepticus

9:40 a.m. C. Ramos-Estebanez, MD, PhD
Diagnosis and Treatment of Autoimmune Encephalitis


Neuroscience Nursing Symposium: Stroke
Danielle Sindelar, MSN, RN, CMSRN

9 a.m. Erin Supan, MSN, RN, CNS, CNRN
Anatomy and Physiology

9:20 a.m. Melissa Brately, BSN, RN, CNRN
Preventative Care

9:40 a.m. Jon Zande, MD
Stroke Diagnostics

10 a.m. Break

10:15 – 12 p.m. Neurology/Neurosurgery/Neuroscience Nursing Symposium

Session 2: Stroke & Neurocritical Care
Moderator: Cathy Sila, MD

10:15 a.m. Cathy Sila, MD
Update to Guidelines for IV t-PA

10:45 a.m. Yin Hu, MD
Mechanical Thrombectomy: The New Standard

11:15 a.m. Alan Hoffer, MD
Management of Intracerebral Hemorrhage

11:40 a.m. Panel Discussion

12 p.m. Lunch

1 – 2:20 p.m. Select Track

Neurology/Neurosurgery Symposium
Session 3: Movement Disorders
Moderator: Benjamin Walter, MD

1 p.m. Camilla Kilbane, MD
Approach to Movement Disorders

1:20 p.m. Benjamin Walter, MD
Management of Parkinson’s Disease

1:40 p.m. Jennifer Sweet, MD
DBS for Parkinson’s Disease – Which Patients and When?

2 p.m. Panel Discussion


Neuroscience Nursing Symposium: Stroke
Danielle Sindelar, MSN, RN, CMSRN

1 p.m. Kelly Montgomery, BSN, RN, SCRN
Hyperacute Care

1:30 p.m. Ed Kuzma, BSN, RN
Acute Care Ischemic Stroke

1:55 p.m. Erin Supan, MSN, RN, CNS, CNRN
Acute Care Hemorrhagic Stroke

2:20 p.m. Break

2:40 – 4 p.m. Select Track

Neurology/Neurosurgery Symposium
Session 4: Dementia
Moderator: Alan Lerner MD

2:40 p.m. Alan Lerner, MD
Approach to Dementia

3 p.m. Stephanie Towns, PsyD
Neuropsychology for the Rest of Us

3:20 p.m. Maria Kataki, MD, PhD
Managing Behavioral Changes in the Demented Patient

3:40 p.m. Panel Discussion


Neuroscience Nursing Symposium: Stroke
Danielle Sindelar, MSN, RN, CMSRN

2:40 p.m. Jason Makii, PharmD, MBA

3:10 p.m. Julie Fussner, RN, CPHQ, SCRN
Post-Acute Care

3:30 p.m. Julie Fussner, RN, CPHQ, SCRN
Systems of Care and Quality

3:40 p.m. Wrap Up and Discussion

4:05 p.m. Robert B. Daroff Lecture
Michael De Georgia, MD
Struck Down: How Strokes in Six World Leaders
Impacted the History of the 20th Century

4:45 p.m. Adjourn


Saturday, September 9, 2017

7 a.m. Continental Breakfast and Registration

7:55 a.m. Welcome

8:05 a.m. Frank E. Nulsen Lecture
Robert Kirsch, PhD
BrainGate: Harnessing Brain Waves for Movement

Session 1: Neuro-Oncology
Moderator: Lisa Rogers, DO

9 a.m. Lisa Rogers, DO
Neurological Complications of Cancer

9:20 a.m. Mitchell Machtay, MD
Updates in the Treatment of Brain Metastasis

9:40 a.m. Andrew Sloan, MD
Updates in Surgical Treatment of Brain Tumors

10 a.m. Break

Session 2: Multiple Sclerosis
Moderator: Hesham Abboud, MD

10:15 a.m. Mari Tani, MD
Approach to Multiple Sclerosis

10:45 a.m. Alessandro Serra, MD, PhD
Update in Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis

11:15 a.m. Hesham Abboud, MD
Neuromyelitis Optica

11:40 a.m. Panel Discussion

12 p.m. Lunch

Session 3: Neuromuscular Disorders
Moderator: David Preston, MD

1 p.m. Bashar Katirji, MD
Update on Myasthenia Gravis

1:20 p.m. David Preston, MD
Approach to Neuropathies

1:40 p.m. Bashar Katirji, MD
Approach to Myopathies

2 p.m. Panel Discussion

2:20 p.m. Break

Session 4: Headache and Pain Syndromes
Moderator: Deborah Reed, MD

2:40 p.m. Deborah Reed, MD
Headache Update

3 p.m. Christopher Bailey, PhD
Post-Concussion Syndrome

3:20 p.m. Edwin Capulong, MD
Back Pain – Acute to Chronic

3:40 p.m. Panel Discussion

4 p.m. Alan Freed Lecture
Daniel Goldmark, PhD
The Music of Bob Dylan


Organizing Committee
Michael DeGeorgia, MD Cathy Sila, MD
Yin Hu, MD Danielle Sindelar, MSN, RN, CMSRN
Julie Fussner, RN, CPHQ, SCRN

Registration includes tuition, access to educational materials (available online), continental breakfast and lunch. Registration fees are refundable if a participant cancels by September 5. No refunds will be made after September 5.

Persons with special needs who require additional assistance should call the CME Program at 216-983-1239 or 1-800-274-8263 not less than two weeks prior to the program.


1. Register online at with your credit card, through September 6

2. Mail the registration form with your check payable to Case Western Reserve University or credit card number to:

Registrar, Continuing Medical Education Program
10524 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44106-6026

3. Fax the form with your credit card number to 216-844-8133

4. Call 216-983-1239 or 1-800-274-8263 with the information requested on the following page and your credit card number

Download the complete progam brochure including the Registration Form on page 12 and Speaker information.



The policy of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine CME Program requires that the Activity Director, planning committee members and all activity faculty (that is, anyone in a position to control the content of the education activity) disclose to the activity participants all relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. Disclosure will be made to activity participants prior to the commencement of the activity. Case Western Reserve
University School of Medicine CME Program also requires that faculty make clinical recommendations based on the best available scientific evidence and that faculty identify any discussion of “off-label” or investigational use of pharmaceutical products or medical devices.